The Skin Care Specialist program prepares students to take the State of Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology Esthetician Exam. It is a total of 600 hours in length. Student learn how to perform Skin Analysis and Consultation, facials, skin treatments (manual), Specialty Esthetic Massage such as European, and eastern techniques, Specialty masks treatments, skin treatments with the use of machines: steaming, brushing, vacuum, high frequency and galvanic current, hair removal: waxing, tweezing, manual remove hair with wax, makeup and lashes application, body treatments, back, décolleté hand and foot treatments. The student will also learn how to take care of the skin from the inside with the right nutrition.

What does an Esthetician do?

Skincare specialists cleanse and beautify the face and body to enhance a person’s appearance. Skincare specialists give facials, full-body treatment, and head and neck massages to improve the health and appearance of the skin. Some may provide other skincare treatments, such as peels, masks, or scrubs to remove dead or dry skin.


  • Age 18(by completion of training) or older
  • Authorized to work in the US (Alien ID – if applicable)
  • Valid Identification (passport, driver's license or state/federal issued ID)
  • Social Security Card
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Ability to pass criminal background check (provided by school)
  • Valid CPR (school provides service at a fee)
  • Drug Test


  • Immunization Record
  • TB Test (PPD skin test or a negative chest X-ray no older than a year is required) School will administer the PPD skin
  • test for free if the test has not been performed within the last year.
  • Hepatitis B (If declined, it must be waived in writing; form is available in our school administration office)


People who are interested in becoming a Skin Care Specialist are required to take CPR for Medical Professionals and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training prior to starting their clinical rotation. CPR/AED training is offered by Fast Track for an additional fee. This fee is not included in the tuition.

For prices and schedules click here for the Roanoke Campus or the Charlottesville Campus.

Job Outlook:

Employment of skincare specialists is expected to grow 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The increase in employment reflects demand for new services being offered, such as mini sessions (quick facials at a lower cost) and mobile facials (making house calls). In addition, the desire among women and a growing number of men to reduce the effect of aging and to lead a healthier lifestyle through better grooming should result in employment growth, including skin treatments for relaxation and well-being.

Job Prospects:

Job opportunities should be good due to the growing number of beauty salons and spas. Those with experience are expected to have the best job prospects.